Vintage 7-Strand Coral Heishi Bead Necklace for Women, Navajo Native American Indian Jewelry

$2,000.00

This amazing necklace comes from an Albuquerque estate of a former trading post owner. This came from the wife, who received much of the jewelry in a divorce settlement in the 1980s and has held on to it since. It is old "new stock," meaning was never worn but instead stored away for at least 40 years. It is increasingly rare to find undyed coral in Native American jewelry, as demand led to over harvesting. Yet, coral is one of the most desired types of Native American and Southwestern jewelry. It is not a stone but rather the skeletal remains of a sea animal that lives in warm waters. Navajo and Pueblo jewelers were first introduced to coral by the early Spanish traders who had obtained it from Mediterranean fishermen off the coast of Spain. Fascinated by the deep color, silversmiths began integrating coral into their jewelry. The coral in this piece is natural branch coral has been hand shaped into small tubular heishi beads, and today--with so many beads machine made--is hard for most of us to fathom the work that went into creating each bead. The pieces still have much of the natural shape to them, and there is a jerkiness to the flow of each string, which is simply that organic free-form style. Coral carries great meaning among many cultures. First, the color red is considered a color of life, passion, fire, strength, and wealth. Many Native American cultures consider coral to be the blood of Mother Earth. From a scholarly article about Native American use of coral in jewelry: “Coral beads symbolize success and social prominence. The Native American people consider coral a sign of wealth and status … When you look at early multi-strand coral necklaces, it becomes evident that the wearer added strands of coral as they were able, as their wealth or social standing grew. Once, American Indian artist, Mary Rosetta brought out a few shoeboxes of her “private coral” … [T]his was the equivalent of her savings account.” (Hopkins-Struever, 2015). Normally we might attribute the piece to Santo Domingo, who were masterful artists, but those sterling silver cones indicate it was more likely Navajo made. Finished off with dark shell heishi beads leading to the cones.

The seven strands measure about 24" cone to cone. Each coral piece is unique but measures about 5mm long by 2-3mm wide. Weighs 50g. This piece has been well stored and kept in great vintage condition.

Authentic old coral--heirloom quality and museum quality!

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